We’ve seen small houses on trailers, houses built out of recycled materials and narrow cottages. But Maine native Joseph Chavez has one up on everyone. He turned the bed of his 2000 Ford Ranger into a tiny house.
He created the cozy, efficient home for his cross-country trip with some basic materials. Perhaps most surprisingly, it only took him a month and around $500 to fit out the truck.
Chavez utilized mostly recycled materials. He did invest in some roofing materials, spray foam and clapboards for the structure of the home.
The interior of the mini-house includes a bed, a bench, storage and a small amount of space to walk.
He also constructed a pop-up roof using some piping and Tyvek house wrap. With the pop-up, Chavez can stand fully upright. He can quickly put the roof down again for cold nights or long drives.
He also installed insulation so he and his traveling cat, dog and guitar can stay warm.
Chavez was thinking ahead when he invested in some Typar weather protection for the base to protect his house from water damage.
The affordable and relatively lightweight project allowed Chavez to drive all the way to Texas to visit family.
He says on his travel blog, Uncle Traveling Joe, “I knew I didn’t want to be in an apartment anymore, and I didn’t want to be in Maine for the coming winter, and, eventually I realized that such an adventure was actually within my grasp provided I did the work and preparation. I guess the biggest factor was making a resolute decision. ”
The little details, like the double doors, house plants and curtains, create a homey effect for his winter free from the cold winds of Maine.
Check out the video below to get a full tour of this affordable DIY: